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The first non-pornographic film to feature scenes of fellatio and an erect penis.
Demand to see the film at its first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival was so high, 13 screenings were arranged.
Shot in Japan, the undeveloped film had to be shipped to France for development, due to Japan's strict censorship policies.
Japan has stringent laws regarding the publication of pornography. Nagisa Ôshima was later charged with obscenity on publishing the screenplay, but was acquitted after a courtcase that dragged on for four years.
After the German premiere at the "Berlinale" the movie was confiscated as suspected pornography. However, 18 months later a German federal court permitted release in cinemas without any cuts.
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The film was not submitted for British classification until 1989 and the cinema release was then delayed until censor James Ferman was satisfied that the movie would not be liable for prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act. Previous showings had been limited to cinema clubs and even then the infamous scene where the young boy's penis is yanked by Sada had been removed entirely. For the 1989 submission Ferman used an optical zoom to reframe the offending shot and the film, by now deemed not obscene and safe from prosecution by a QC, was finally passed uncut for UK cinema in March 1991.
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In "Shortbus" the remote controlled egg that Sofia inserts into her vagina is labeled with the title of this movie.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The film was banned by Israeli censors in 1987. The ban was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court. See also Jenin, Jenin (2003).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The writing on Kichizo's chest, that Sada wrote using Kichizo's own blood, reads "Sada Kichi futari kiri" ("Sada and Kichi, just two of us together"). This was the actual writing seen on the real Kichizo's body when the police found his corpse on 19 May 1936.
Japanese consider pubic hair as forbidden in cinema.
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